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Warren Maxwell


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Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngai Te Riu, Ngati Whare, Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngai Te Rangi

Warren Maxwell has been a professional working musician/composer for the better part of two decades (Southside of Bombay, Trinity Roots, Little Bushman & ex. Fat Freddys Drop).

Warren is currently a Senior Lecturer at Massey University in Composition and Performance and in 2016 was inducted into the Institute’s prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’. Maxwell has composed for film and television, performed at numerous Festivals Internationally (Byron Bay Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, WOMAD N.Z, Big Chill Festival U.K, Roskilde Festival).

Warren also manages and produces from his own recording studio in the beautiful South Wairarapa. In October 2016 he was invited to Antarctica as part of Antarctica N.Z’s ‘Artist Community Outreach Programme’. Since then, Warren has campaigned fervently around Environmental issues focusing his composition and research around environmental connections (Tūhonotia ki te Taiao) and the impending Anthropocene.

Warren was commissioned to compose the opening of the 2018 Arts Festival in Wellington to celebrate Traditional Seafaring Navigation knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) which included a 300 piece choir. The event was attended by 20,000 strong audience and recently won ‘Best Arts or Cultural Event 2018’ for the New Zealand Events Awards.

Musical Composer/contributor to ‘Erebus Memorial’ commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage (Due May 2020)

NZ Festival ‘Waka Odyssey’ wins N.Z. Best Arts or Cultural Event 2018’ (Sole Composer)

Waiheke Jazz Festival (perform)

‘Waka Odyssey’ NZ Festival; Composed 90 min music for opening ceremony including 300 pax Choir

Invitation: Speaker@ Festival of Colour; Aspiring Conversations

Invitation: Speaker@ Antartica Winter School

Inducted into Massey University Hall of Fame

Performed AK Arts Festival – ‘Revolutions’

Woodford Folk Festival (AU)

Accepted for Research trip to Antarctica

Performed Beijing Arts Academy (Trinity Roots)

VNZMA’s ‘Citizen’ won Best Roots album Trinity Roots - Tours of NZ & Australia

Release ‘Citizen’ Album

WOMAD Festival (N.Z)

Celtic Connections Festival (Glasgow, Scotland)

Solo performer Museumsuferfest (Frankfurt with C.N.Z)

Contracted as Massey University ‘Commercial Music degree developer’

Opened King Street Live venue in Masterton as a dedicated International live music venue

Composed Feature Film Score for ‘Pa Boys’

Festivals around New Zealand with TrinityRoots: Rippon / Coromandel Gold / Matakana

Teaching Universal College Of Learnin

Music for short film – Nightshift (Cannes nomination)

Music for short film – 9 of Hearts

WOMAD solo performance (Tribute to Hirini Melbourne)

Appeared as one of four NZ Maori musicians taking part in a mentoring programme based in two NZ prisons, helping select inmates find their strength and values through music, in Maori TV produced series ‘Songs From the Inside’ (Produced album of these songs)

Co-composed ‘Pounamu’ a 30 minute Concerto with John Psathas

Performed ‘Pounamu’ with Auckland Philharmonia

Performed Byron Bay Blues festival Trinity Roots and Little Bushman

Performed Little Bushman with NZ Symphony Orchestra Wgtn Town Hall , SOUNDS Aotearoa Taranaki

Australasian World Music Expo, Melbourne and Nationwide Winter tour

Touring New Zealand Festivals extensively. Little Bushman performed with AK Philharmonic Orchestra ,Performed NZ International Arts Festival ,Rippon Festival, Parihaka Peace Festival

Composed music for the ANZAC doco – The John Pohe Story

Composed Film Score – ‘The Strength of Water’

Composed music for short film – ‘Journey to Ihipa’

Awarded NZ Arts foundation New Generation grant

Little Bushman winner of BNet Best Downbeat Song. Release of 2nd LB album – ‘Pendulum’

Composed music for the short Film – ‘Run’

Release of 1st LB album – ‘Onus of Sand’

Touring Europe with Fat Freddys Drop

Fat Freddys Drop debut album ‘Based on a True Story’ goes 15 times platinum (NZ)